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Akkadix Says it Has the Tools to Discover Protein Function

NEW YORK, Sept 28 – Agricultural gene discovery and functional genomics company Akkadix said Thursday it had identified novel protein functions in Vibrio cholerae , the cholera pathogen, and in Xylella fastidiosa , the cause of citrus variegated chlorosis, using its proprietary software and database.  

By employing its Menagerie software and ProteomeBank database, Akkadix said it was able to predict the biochemical function for more than 600 of the 1500 putative genes that were previously identified but not understood.

Partial results of the analysis can be received from Akkadix, of La Jolla, Calif., upon request.

The company said the two new bioinformatics tools could rapidly predict gene and protein function from the data being generated in large-scale DNA sequencing programs.     

“Menagerie and ProteomeBank are powerful large-scale analysis tools that allow Akkadix to understand the evolutionary and functional relationships between the large numbers of proteins produced by a genome , ” Leo Kim, chief technical officer of Akkadix, said in a statement.

Menagerie software and ProteomeBank database were developed with some $800,000 in grants provided by the National Institutes of Health.

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